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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Critical Affirmative Action Case

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:37.

Project 21 Black Conservatives' Network Hopes Eventual Decision Will Invalidate Constitutionality of Racial Quotas Once and for AllCase Centers on Whether Referendum Passed in Michigan to Prohibit Preferential Treatment in Public Employment, Education and Contracting Based on "Race, Sex, Color, Ethnicity or National Origin" Violates U.S. Constitution

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The Shutdown and the Debt Ceiling

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:34.

“We are rolling toward the first sovereign debt default in history by a solvent nation.  The shutdown is a frustration and an annoyance, like a room full of mosquitoes.  The debt default is like a hurricane on steroids, or as Warren Buffet put it, a financial nuclear weapon,” says Leon LaBrecque, JD, CPA, CFP, CFA, the Chief Strategist and founder of LJPR, a firm managing $547 million in assets*. “A default on the debt would significantly impact the dollar, pensions, the markets and the global economy.  Not to mention the fact that we (the U.S.) would look pretty foolish.  We are the most powerful nation in the world, and we cannot get our house in order.”

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Justice Department Will Sue N.C. Over New Voting Laws

Written by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent on Thursday, 10 October 2013 13:31.

John Travis Holt-department-of-justiceWASHINGTON – Stepping up efforts to combat voting laws that discriminate against Blacks, Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans to sue North Carolina over restrictive, new voting laws that critics say will suppress the minority vote. In a press statement, Holder said: “The North Carolina law includes troubling new restrictions, such as provisions that will significantly reduce early voting days; eliminate same-day registration during early voting; impose a restrictive photo identification requirement for in-person voting; and prohibit the counting of otherwise legitimate provisional ballots that are mistakenly cast in the right county, but in the wrong precinct.”

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Black Consumer Power Still Matters

Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil on Saturday, 05 October 2013 15:44.

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African-Consumer 2013 Report. This is Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s third comprehensive, in-depth report on African-American consumers. I along with Cloves Campbell, chairman of the NNPA; Rev. Jacques DeGraff who is the co-chair of Nielsen’s External African-American Advisory Council, officially released the report at a press conference during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

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ColorOfChange.org Launches Campaign Urging Governor Jerry Brown to “Ban the Box” on Government Employment Applications in California

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 04 October 2013 13:32.

Online Civil Rights Group Launches Petition Urging Governor Brown to sign legislation that would discourage public sector employers from discrimination against formerly incarcerated job seekers. View Petition Here: www.act.colorofchange.org/sign/ban_the_box/ Oakland, CA - Governor Jerry Brown has just a few days to sign legislation (AB 218, Dickinson) that would make it harder for employers to discriminate against formerly incarcerated job seekers.

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22 Ways Government Shutdown Will Ruin Your Life

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 04 October 2013 13:30.

For the first time since 1997, the U.S. government has shut down. This happens when Congress fails to pass authorization to sufficiently fund local and federal government operations. During a shutdown, the government will usually stop providing all services except those that are deemed "essential".

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NCCU and Partners Receive Grant for Nanoscale 3-D Printer

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:27.

DURHAM, N.C. — The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has awarded $200,000 to a group of scientists and engineers from North Carolina Central University, Duke University and North Carolina State University to purchase a Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPN) unit, a device that functions as a 3-D printer at the molecular level and has a vast range of potential applications.

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N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport Hosts Lecture on Legends and Lore of the Lower Cape Fear

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:27.

 SOUTHPORT, N.C. -- Author Brooks Preik joins the museum during the haunting month of October for bone chilling stories of our lost souls of the Cape Fear.  Known for her exceptional storytelling and knowledge of the area, Ms. Preik will keep the room in suspense as we learn about the phantasmic lady of Bald Head, the mysterious ghostly aftermath of the deadly Nor'easter of 1872 that claimed the lives of 5 brave pilots, and many more. 

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Black Media Slighted as Spending Power Exceeds $1Trillion

Written by George E. Curry on Monday, 30 September 2013 18:02.

Neilsen Senior Vice President Cheryl Pearson-McNeil says Black consumers should invest in companies that invest in them. {NNPA Photo by Ann Ragland)

Nielsen Senior Vice President Cheryl Pearson-McNeil says Black consumers should invest in companies that invest in them. {NNPA Photo by Ann Ragland) WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although annual Black spending is projected to rise from its current $1 trillion to $1.3 trillion by 2017, advertisers allot only 3 percent of their $2.2 billion yearly budget to media aimed at Black audiences, a new Nielsen report has found.

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Obama Reignites Push for Gun Legislation

Written by George E. Curry on Monday, 30 September 2013 17:59.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of high-profile gun violence in the nation’s capital and  Chicago, President Barack Obama told members of the Congressional Black Caucus and their dinner guests that he will renew his effort to persuade Congress to pass legislation toughening the nation’s gun laws. Speaking at the CBC Foundation Dinner Saturday night, Obama said, “We can’t rest until all of our children can go to school or walk down the street free from the fear that they will be struck down by a stray bullet. Just two days ago, in my hometown of Chicago, 13 people were shot during a pickup basketball game, including a 3-year-old girl.

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